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Monaco 13th May 2016
30,000 spectators descended upon the beautiful Principality of Monaco in May for the 10th Grand Prix de Monaco Historique.
Set against the brackdrop of the sea and mountains on the Cote d'Azure the biannual event organised by the l'Automobile Club de Monaco is a weekend packed with wheel to wheel racing of Grand Prix cars dating back as far as 1925.
Credit Suisse, key sponsor of the event, opened proceedings on Friday 13th May in the Credit Suisse Drivers Club at Rascasse Corner with the 7th Credit Suisse Historic Racing Forum. The theme for discussion this year was "Manufacturers versus Privateers" - The Battle for Motorsport Supremacy. The lively discussion of the differences between racing for a factory team and a privateer outfit was hosted by Henry Hope-Frost and joining Sir Stirling Moss and the Credit Suisse ambassadors Jochen Mass and Alain de Cadet on the panel were Emanuele Pirro and Ray Mallock.
Following the Forum guests were invited outside to the paddock where Sir Stirling Moss OBE was reunited with his 1956 Monaco Grand Prix winning Maserati 250f. It was 60 years to the day that he claimed his Monaco victory and guests were spellbound as he recalled memories of the victorious day.
The following day, 14th May Sir Stirling Moss celebrated his third Monaco victory. It was 55 years to the day that he claimed his third Monaco win and as he posed alongside the Lotus 18 with the cars current owner, Stephen Bond, and once again enraptured the crowd who had gathered with memoirs from his victorious racing days.
H.S.H Prince Albert 11 inaugurated the new Race Control which had taken several months to construct and will become the new control tower for the Historic Grand Prix and Formula 1.
Celebrations over, the following two days were packed with races from 6 series and a parade of pre war Grand Prix cars ;
The English proved their love of Motorsport. Over 90 drivers competing were British and the sound of the National Anthem predominated the podium awards
Series A - Parade of Pre War Grand Prix cars
Series B - Pre 1961 front - engined Grand Prix and F2 cars
Winner -GB - Driver Tony Wood - Competitor - Barry Wood - TEC-MEC F415
Series C - Front engined Sports Racing cars (1952 - 1955 included)
Winner - GB - Driver Chris Ward - Competitor - JD Classics - Jaguar C Type
Series D - Front engined, drum brakes Formula Junior cars (1958 - 1960 included)
Winner GB - Driver Jonathan Hughes - Competitor Jonathan Hughes - Lola MK 2
Series E - 1500 F1 Grand Prix cars (1961 - 1965 included)
Winner GB - Driver Andy Middlehurst - Competitor Classic Team Lotus - Lotus 25 (Climax)
Series F - F1 Grand Prix cars- (1966 - 1972 included)
Winner GB - Driver Stuart Hall - Competitor Roald Goethe - McLAREN 19A